Psalm 124: God’s strong name is our help…

Psalm 124

1 If God hadn’t been for us – all together now, Israel, sing out! – 

2 If God hadn’t been for us when everyone went against us, 

3 We would have been swallowed alive by their violent anger, 

4 Swept away by the flood of rage, drowned in the torrent; 

5 We would have lost our lives in the wild, raging water. 

6 Oh, blessed be God! He didn’t go off and leave us. He didn’t abandon us defenseless, helpless as a rabbit in a pack of snarling dogs. 

7 We’ve flown free from their fangs, free of their traps, free as a bird. Their grip is broken; we’re free as a bird in flight. 

8 God’s strong name is our help, the same God who made heaven and earth.

  • Spend 5 to 15 minutes in silent meditation using your deep breathing to guide you.
  • Remember a time when God was for you when another was against you.
  • What peace did you notice?
  • What raging water wanted to swallow you up?
  • What vessel carried you above the raging water?
  • What did you notice about being lifted?
  • Which of God’s names do you call out?
  • What praise comes to mind as a result of this time in prayer?
  • Share as you feel led in the reply box below.
Revised Common Lectionary Readings for Sunday, August 21, 2011,  the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A
Exodus 1:8 – 2:10
Psalm 124
Romans 12:1-8
Matthew 16:13-20
If you use these prayers in other groups, please give credit to author.
Permission to use in not-for-profit settings Lil Smith, M.Div., DASD.

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